Pope recognizes martyrdom of Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States.

The Vatican made the announcement Dec. 2. The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification.

Vatican commission approves martyrdom in the Cause of Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Stanley Rother

June 14, 2015

A special Theological Commission at the Congregation of the Causes of Saints in Rome voted Tuesday to formally recognize Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Stanley Rother a martyr. The determination of martyrdom is a critical step in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s Cause to have Father Rother beatified, the final stage before canonization as a saint.

“Father Rother laid down his life for Christ and for the people of his parish in Guatemala, whom he dearly loved. It is very encour- aging to move one step closer to a formal recognition by the Church of Father Rother’s heroic life and death as a martyr for the Gospel,” said the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

Another Step Closer

Oct. 19, 2014
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

In a recent issue of the Sooner Catholic I shared a copy of the Aug. 29 letter I had submitted to Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, concerning the Servant of God, Father Stanley Rother.

I had presented my letter personally along with an extensive document called the Positio, which summarizes the facts and testimony concerning the life and death of Father Rother. In that letter, I formally petitioned the Congregation to consider the merits of Father Rother’s Cause for Beatification and Canonization, and render an affirmative judgment that he is worthy to be considered a martyr of the Church. To that petition I added my own opinion that he is indeed worthy of such a designation. http://www.archokc.org/put-out-into-the-deep/3890-another-step-closer. 

Relator Named

June 27, 2012

 

Today we received the news that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has named an official Relator for the Cause of Father Stanley Rother. The Relator together with our collaborator from outside the Congregation will prepare the Position Paper (Positio) on martyrdom. Please continue to pray for the Cause of Father Rother. Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

Promising News

Put Out in to the Deep
By Archbishop Paul Coakley
April 1, 2012

Among the many joys and splendid memories of my recently concluded ad limina visit there is one which offers the hope of truly lasting and far-reaching effects. More on this below!

First, I want to thank you for your prayers for the ad limina trip. It was a grace-filled experience. As expected, during our pilgrimage to the threshold of the tombs of the apostles we (the bishops of Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas) conducted an intense round of meetings with various dicasteries of the Roman Curia. This was the necessary business portion of the visit. The spiritual dimension of the pilgrimage included time for prayer and Masses at the major basilicas of the Eternal City. One of the most precious personal experiences was a private meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, accompanied by the other two Bishops of the Province of Oklahoma City: Bishop Slattery of Tulsa and Bishop Taylor of Little Rock. We discussed with the Holy Father the pastoral situation in each of our dioceses as well as our common concerns and challenges. I assured him of the prayers and the support of the faithful of the Archdiocese.

After concluding the full course of events I scheduled an additional appointment at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to express my support for the cause of the Servant of God, Fr. Stanley Rother. During my meeting with the Prefect, Cardinal Amato, he was eager to assure me that significant progress had just been made. After careful study of the cartons of materials which the Archdiocese had submitted on behalf of Father Rother, the Congregation had just affirmed the “juridic validity” of the case. This is the first, but very significant, affirmation by Congregation in the continuing process that we hope will lead ultimately to the canonization of Father Stanley Rother.

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Father Rother Cause Timeline

 

 

December 2, 2016 Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States. The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification.

 

June 14, 2015 Vatican commission approves martyrdom in the Cause of Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Stanley Rother

 

September 3, 2014 Servant of God Father Stanley Rother’s Positio is presented to Congregation for the Causes of Saints by Archbishop Paul Coakley and Dr. Ambrosi.

 

June 27, 2012 Congregation for the Causes of Saints name an official Relator for the Cause of Father Stanley Rother. The Relator together with the collaborator (Dr. Ambrosi) from outside the Congregation will prepare the Position Paper (Positio) on martyrdom.

 

May 2012 Congregation for the Causes of Saints affirmed the “juridic validity” of the case of father Rother.

 

Documents are reviewed. Second the documents are reviewed for the content. Was the three questions for martyrdom answered? Was his his life, ministry and death fully reviewed? 

 

Documents are reviewed. First the documents are reviewed for the process. Were the rules/guild lines followed? Was all the proper documents there? 

 

Box of documents arrives at the office of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in the Vatican. 

 

July 20, 2010 Closing of the Archdiocesan phase of the Cause of Canonization of Father Rother.

 

October 5, 2007 Canonization Tribunal is sworn in and the Archdiocesan phase of the Cause of Canonization of Father Rother begins.

 

USCCB votes to support opening a cause of canonization for Father Rother in Oklahoma.

 

Vatican approves the moving of the cause of Father Rother from the Diocese of Sololá-Chimaltenango, Guatemala to The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

Diocese of Sololá-Chimaltenango, Guatemala approves the moving of the cause of Father Rother from the Diocese of Sololá-Chimaltenango, Guatemala to The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

 

 July 28, 1981 Father Stanley Rother killed in his rectory in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala.